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Help w/ Wormholes (Neg.Mass & Subatomic particles)

  1. Feb 26, 2014 #1
    Ok, so I've been doing some research about wormholes and Faster than Light travel for a book I'm writing and I have a few questions that I figured you guys/girls could help me with.

    Firstly, I've read that wormholes possibly exist at a subatomic level at the Planck Scale, and my understanding (in laymen's terms) is that that means there are tiny wormholes at a microscopic level. Is that correct?

    Secondly, assuming that's true and you somehow found a way to coax the wormhole into a large enough opening to walk/fly through, is there a theoretical way to direct where you come out? I've read an article about how you could move the holes of a static wormhole by:
    1) Charging the second mouth by showering it with charged particles and then
    2) using electrostatic attraction to precisely position the second mouth by suitably dragging it.
    But I'd like to know if you have an idea about how to manipulate a wormhole without having to travel through it first. I know that's a bit of a stretch, but if anything you can help me think of an idea for my book that's more scientific than fiction.

    Finally, my biggest question has to do with negative mass. My understanding is that negative mass naturally repels gravity, and that one theory is that to stabilize wormholes, you would need to use negative mass to hold it open. Once open, you'd be able to fly through (assuming you could withstand radiation and gravitational forces) and have a much faster journey to the other side. However, I've seen a proposition of a "Negative Mass Warp Drive". In theory you'd be able to compress space time in front of you, and expand it behind you. Assuming you have some way of turning this property on and off, I want to know if this manipulation of space time would create a real acceleration to near FTL speeds or if it is more of an artificial FTL, and you'd actually be travelling at the same speed.

    I hope most of that makes sense, I'm happy to clarify if you just point out the question that you don't understand!
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  3. Feb 26, 2014 #2
    One of my teachers said some scientists were able to basically "teleport" a particle from one spot to another. Didn't explain any more about that, though.
  4. Feb 26, 2014 #3


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    The idea of warp drive is that your ship doesn't have to accelerate. Think of a bubble of water, and your ship or submarine is inside it. If you move the bubble, then your ship is transported without having to move within the bubble. How do you move a bubble of space? That's where science fiction comes in, and you can just make something up.
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